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+ - OpenBSD forked to remove non-free firmware 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "LibertyBSD, a fork of OpenBSD that is committed to only distributing 100% free software, has been announced.

OpenBSD, while mostly free, distributes binary-only firmware and often downloads more on first boot.

LibertyBSD is pending review by the Free Software Foundation, which maintains a list of free system distributions. Other distributions on their list include Trisquel, which is based on Ubuntu, and Parabola, which is based on Arch.

To ensure the continued development of LibertyBSD, releases will not be available for download until 3 BTC has been raised. After that, future releases will be available at no cost. 10% of the money raised will be donated to the OpenBSD Foundation.

For more information, see

Contributions can be sent to 1BFQEqzhxTbvfjZ3f9eoTbeEBgJdkVcj4m"

+ - First Rickroll In space->

Submitted by boyter
boyter (964910) writes "Remember the MIT students who launching a camera into space for only $150? Sending crazy stuff into low orbit was now within anyone's reach. All you need is a weather balloon, a digital videocamera, and enough helium. Rickrolling is a prank that seemingly ran its course several years ago, when Rick Astley himself Rickrolled 44 million people during the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. So how to top this? By Rickrolling everyone from space of course."
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Comment: Something to check on (Score 2, Insightful) 312

by MSesow (#30264866) Attached to: Network Security While Traveling?
You should check to make sure that any encryption software you use or bring is legal in the areas you will be traveling in. I know that the legal standards are different between, for example, the US and France (or it was last time I read about it). I have no idea about specifics of different countries, but it is something that you should know before you set out. And not just the laws, but also look into what to expect when you go through checkpoints - I have no idea if I am actually required to reveal an encrypted volume on my laptop when going through customs coming into the US. And what do I do if the person checking says that they require all of my passwords? (My only thought here would be to make a set of temporary passwords while going through, and then to change them all back after) Sorry I do not have any helpful links. I figure that the time I could spend looking would be a good bit more than the time spent by the person who knows what country to actually look at. Hope it helps.

Comment: Re:IT Guy ? (Score 1) 736

by erica_ann (#30264814) Attached to: Do You Hate Being Called an "IT Guy?"

hahahha oh I know that feeling. Specially when I call Radio Shack for a customer and ask if they have any NICs. The sales girl replies - 'we have something called an Ethernet card, but no Nics.'

Or they day I show up to fix an adsl line and the customer tells me there has been a mistake. He wants a tech, not sales.

Comment: Re:Wow... (Score 1) 193

by Fluffeh (#30264694) Attached to: NASA Campaigns For Safer Launch Requirements

I can certainly appreciate that they want to do better, but it still amazes me that we send people into F'ING SPACE with less than 1% failure rate.

Unless you want to send people into space with a greater than 1% failure rate, sending them into space with LESS than a 1% failure rate seems more sensible. I don't know about you, but I would want the failure rate to be smaller, not larger.

Comment: Re:They probably should be scared (Score 2, Insightful) 560

by boyter (#28330577) Attached to: Does Bing Have Google Running Scared?

I must admit I myself have done the same thing. I realised my reliance on Google a few years ago and tried to use alternatives more most of my search needs, and then in a fix compare against Google results. The problem I found was that Google presents a single view of the web that while it may seem accurate isn't the whole picture. People would say to me "If Google can't find it then it dosn't exist", and then be surprised when I said I found it using Yahoo, Gigablast or Live.

Bring on more competitive search engines. If nothing else it will force Google to innovate because I don't see their current interface being the best view into the web.

Who goeth a-borrowing goeth a-sorrowing. -- Thomas Tusser